Scallops with arugula and grapefruit

Make sure to get a bite of seafood, grapefruit and arugula all together

This is a perfect first course and though fairly fancy it is very quick to prepare. The flavors of each component perfectly complement each other. It is important to get fresh high-quality scallops and grapefruit, which unfortunately usually requires spending more money.

Pan Seared Scallops with Grapefruit over Arugula

  • 2-4 scallops per person
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 bunch arugula washed and leaves removed from stems
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 green onions chopped white and green parts separated
  • ¼ cup sherry

For each person make a bed of arugula on a salad plate. Cut grapefruit in half and scoop out each piece with a knife. Arrange an equal amount on each plate. Sprinkle green part of onion over each plate as well. In a frying pan big enough to hold all scallops in one layer melt butter with olive oil. Season each scallop with salt and pepper and add to pan. Sear each side over medium heat until browned, about three minutes each. Remove scallops from pan and let rest for 10 minutes. The scallops will continue to cook while resting so do not over cook in pan. Add white parts of onion to pan and stir, scrapping up some of the bits in pan. Add sherry and tarragon and deglaze pan. Reduce sauce by half. Divide scallops between the plates, placing on top of arugula and drizzle with pan sauce. Serve with a crisp white wine, I like a New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc.

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25 Responses to Scallops with arugula and grapefruit

  1. I love anything citrus- had not even thought of combining grapefruit with scallops!?! A must-try! :o)

  2. Plated perfection – fabulously decadent salad.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. cliffsview says:

    It would be great if I could treat your great visions as a substitute for eating but inevitably they have the opposite effect. Some of the photos make the food look too real!

  4. AMInyc says:

    Looks beautiful and scrumptious!

  5. Wow, you’re really on a roll with all of the great posts! This looks beautiful, in fact my mouth is watering looking at this 😛

  6. Yuri says:

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! Love scallops, arugula and pink grapefruit. YUM!

  7. Just put my arugula seedlings in the ground today! If I manage not to kills them, I know what I will be doing with them now!

  8. stellar-looking salad, my friend. what a great idea to complement the flavours of lightly-seasoned scallops, bitter arugula and sweet, citrusy pink grapefruit. can’t wait to try this recipe… besides, it’s a good excuse to open up a bottle of NZ vino!

  9. secretmenu says:

    Scallops and wine are truly a match made in heaven.

  10. Looks nice and fresh.

    “Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously.”
    -Vanna Bonta

  11. ChefMom says:

    This looks delicious! We had a great wine this weekend that would complement this dish wonderfully. 🙂 Yum!

  12. Carol Murphy says:

    That looks tastey I can’t wait to try it!

  13. Jenni says:

    This looks absolutely yummy! I will definitely be trying this one.

  14. Looks fabulous! You are so right – scallops are a great way to make something “fancy” but are actually pretty simple to prepare. Citrus and scallops are always a great combo. We just did scallops Friday night at our house – post for it should be out later this week!

  15. Alison says:

    That looks as good, if not better, than scallops I have seen in restaurants. Great recipe and picture.

  16. TasteFood says:

    I don’t know why it’s never occurred to me to pair scallops with grapefruit, because when I read your recipe it sounds like a perfect match!

  17. skaiko says:

    The scallops look great! I’ve never had them paired with citrus but it sounds like a really good idea. Also, I have to agree about the NZ wine (so good)!

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    I love pan-seared scallops and never would have thought of pairing them with citrus, grapefruit in particular. I’ll definitely be giving this a try.

  19. bakerlady says:

    Drool. Yuuuuuummm.

  20. Carolyn Chan says:

    Holy moly that picture makes me want to dive into the photo to take a bite!

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